Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

ClandesTime 160 - Why Doesn’t Hollywood Make War Films Any More?

ClandesTime 160 – Why Doesn’t Hollywood Make War Films Any More?

Hollywood doesn’t make war films any more. This isn’t entirely true, but compared to the post-WW2 period there are a lot less war films being made today. In this in-depth episode I offer a brief history of war movies and anti-war movies, and how the Pentagon’s policy on supporting films ...
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Top Gun 'Rehabilitated the Military's Image' After Vietnam, According to the Pentagon

Top Gun ‘Rehabilitated the Military’s Image’ After Vietnam, According to the Pentagon

The late Cold War classic Top Gun is one of the most well-liked military movies of all time.  It's combination of romance, comedy and never-seen-before aerial action was made possible by extensive support from the DOD, particularly the US Navy.  It is credited with significantly boosting military recruitment, but it ...
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How the Vietnam War changed the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Offices and Helped Kill the War Movie

How the Vietnam War changed the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices and Helped Kill the War Movie

The Vietnam war had a huge impact.  3 million dead Vietnamese, tens of thousands of dead Americans, and millions more on both sides suffering from trauma, depression and drug and alcohol addiction.  It also had a major influence on the US public's willingness to engage in full-scale wars (at least ...
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ClandesTime 159 - The Founder

ClandesTime 159 – The Founder

The Founder is a 2016 biopic of Ray Kroc, the man who created McDonald’s. Or did he? In this episode I examine this ambiguous film, one of the best examples of cultural capitalism to come out of Hollywood in recent years. I explore how it avoids the negative consequences of ...
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FBI Say They Cannot Find Their File on Radical Author Sam Greenlee

FBI Say They Cannot Find Their File on Radical Author Sam Greenlee

Sam Greenlee is perhaps most famous for writing the novel The Spook Who Sat By the Door, which was adapted into a film in the 1970s.  Greenlee believed that the CIA and FBI suppressed the film because it portrayed them in such a bad light, and promoted black militancy.  A ...
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Does the CIA use Hollywood Movies as Training Films?

Does the CIA use Hollywood Movies as Training Films?

In September 1977 the renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Rona Barrett appeared on Good Morning America to talk about spy films.  Sat alongside her was CIA director Stansfield Turner, who commented that Hollywood movies would make poor training films for CIA spies.  Within days a memo was circulating within the CIA ...
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Kevin Spacey in Swimming with Sharks (1994)

Subscriber Podcast #24 – Swimming with Sharks

On this month's subscriber-only podcast I dissect the 1994 movie Swimming with Sharks, about a young man who goes to work at a Hollywood studio, where his boss (Kevin Spacey) abuses and bullies him relentlessly. I reflect on the film's relevance in the wake of the #MeToo phenomenon, and how ...
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12 Strong Producers Thanked US Army for 'Great Efforts to Make this Movie Badass'

12 Strong Producers Thanked US Army for ‘Great Efforts to Make this Movie Badass’

12 Strong, based on the book Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, is set in the early days of the US war in Afghanistan.  Emails released by the US Army detail the support they and the Air Force provided to the production as well as their communications with the producers.  During ...
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